Asleep at the Wheel Releases ‘Still the King’

February 26, 2015 3:32 PM

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Asleep at the Wheel Releases ‘Still the King’

It takes a lot of moxie for a onetime hippie from Philadelphia to move to Texas and build a career playing Western swing, one of the Lone Star State’s most cherished musical traditions.

“I grew up in the suburbs of Philly, but I left when I was 17,” says Ray Benson, the six-feet-seven inch leader of the Austin-based Western-swing revival band Asleep at the Wheel. “I’ve been in Texas for 42 years. They claim me—‘Oh, you’re big, you play Western music, you’re one of us.’ ”

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